A real windfall?

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and others are excited about the sale and redevelopment of the unused former Naval hospital building. This investment is integral to the revitalization of North Charleston’s “economically depressed south end.” Additionally, the sale of this property for $5 million, which North Charleston acquired for $2 million, looks like an amazing real estate windfall.

However, this whole scenario has troubling elements. Why would Donald Trump Jr. and his fellow investors pay $5 million for a piece of property he could very easily have acquired in 2012 for $2 million? North Charleston concedes that Trump was one of the bidders at the time they made the purchase.

Secondly, of all the developers who might have interest in this property, why would North Charleston decide on Trump Jr., who was an investor in a North Charleston company that shut down after litigation over patents and unpaid bills, and his partner, Douglas Durbano, who founded a bank that was shut down by regulators? Are they vital to the future of North Charleston?

My advice to Mr. Summey and North Charleston would be to have some very sharp people scrutinize all the documents in the transaction and get the money up front.

Patrick Hastings

Mariners Cay

Folly Beach

Differing opinions

The Jan. 9 opinion piece by Leonard Pitts Jr. was almost spot on. The only problem: He was too soft on what is a truly despicable group of people.

Those who defend the actions of “Guns & Ammo” magazine will undoubtedly point to the actions of the founding fathers, but actually their actions would seem to fit better in North Korea than America.

The group’s apparent desire to deny the livelihood of anyone who disagrees with them is certainly un-American.

Furthermore, I am certain that many of these same people would vociferously defend the right of the “Duck Dynasty” patriarch to make racist and homophobic statements.

It is much easier to defend an opinion that one agrees with.

Phil LaRusse

Shadow Race Lane

Folly Beach

Name change

We are grateful for David Quick’s Jan. 7 article about Bridges. Our recent name change reflects our expanded mission to provide unbiased resources to people facing end-of-life challenges.

While Bridges is a new name, our team has been around for more than 30 years, most recently as Hospice of Charleston Foundation. We offer impartial guidance about hospice and palliative care, caregiver support, and professional training.

In addition, we provide specialized veteran care resources, grief initiatives for children who have lost a loved one, and coordination of grief support groups.

Our services are made possible by collaborative efforts among hospice and other health care providers, public schools, faith groups and community organizations.

The programs offered by Bridges are the result of a community needs assessment. As a nonprofit charity, and independent of any direct patient services providers, we are in a unique position to fill the voids identified in this assessment.

Our name represents our commitment to continue connecting people to information and resources they need to navigate end-of-life realities.

We rely on public support to make this assistance possible, and we appreciate feedback, suggestions, volunteer involvement and financial contributions. For more information, visit www.bridgessc.org.

Joan K. Ustin

Bridges

President, Board of Directors

Queen Street

Charleston

Anne Register

Executive Director

North Shelmore Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Presidential move

It seems to me that Chris Christie has shown himself to be more presidential than our very own president ever has. Upon hearing about the traffic tie up he did three things:

1) He took responsibility for this occurrence.

2) He held a press conference so that all questions could be answered truthfully and honestly.

3) He fired the people who caused this traffic jam.

Wouldn’t it be nice if our very own president took responsibility for such things as the IRS targeting conservative groups, the killing of an American ambassador in Benghazi, the abject failure of the Obamacare roll-out?

Wouldn’t it be nice if our very own president answered all questions truthfully and honestly? And wouldn’t it be nice if our very own president actually fired those incompetents who caused these fiascoes instead of having Americans continue to pay their salaries?

Isn’t it time for all Republicans to stand with Gov. Christie and show the world that we know how a president should act?

Arlene O’Sullivan

Ben Sawyer Boulevard

Mount Pleasant

Hollings’ legacy

Sen. Fritz Hollings is arguably the most accomplished public servant in our state. His legacy will survive long after all of us are gone.

After a recent one-on-one lunch together with no agenda, I was interested to get his views on a wide variety of subjects. He is not shy about sharing his thoughts. Highlights follow:

On fiscal responsibility: The senator is a hawk on the need for discipline in spending by the federal government. Many states and many individuals give little thought to paying for all the things we want.

Indeed, we seem to be a nation of champion consumers and careless promises made by those in government. Fiscal constraint got totally out of hand about the time Fritz Hollings left the Senate. Under George W. Bush nearly $5 trillion was added to our national debt, and under Barack Obama more than $6 trillion.

On warfare: It is difficult to justify wars of choice costing us more than $15 trillion since World War II (excluding the human cost of those engagements). The use of drones by the U.S. modern warfare may not be such a great idea. With the miniaturization of many high-tech gadgets, it is possible that major cities in the United States may have drones the size of hummingbirds in our distant future. It is also possible that those who have lost family members in collateral damage could create more terrorists than we are killing.

On public service: Friendships develop, along with the feeling that public service gives one an opportunity to make a difference.

Upon reflection, I found it difficult to disagree with the man named Fritz Hollings, who still carries his name with grace and honor at the age of 92.

JOHN WINTHROP

Adger’s Wharf

Charleston

Who’s entitled?

We have jobs in this country that don’t pay enough for unemployed “entitled Americans” to do, so we must allow the “unsupervised entry” of people from other countries to fill those jobs.

At the same time we must pay unemployed, entitled Americans roughly the same amount that they would earn working the jobs they have refused, which have been filled by our uninvited workers. When the supply of jobs is met by the demand from uninvited workers the job supply decreases for those entitled workers.

Instead of focusing on immigration reform to legalize and subsidize uninvited workers, we should concentrate on a redefinition of entitlement.

If you are legally residing in this country as a citizen or a guest with employment related documentation, then you are entitled to seek and obtain work.

You are not entitled to collect unemployment indefinitely.

“Uninvited workers” are entitled to nothing. They are certainly not entitled to the time Congress may spend debating immigration reform.

Congress should not extend unemployment benefits nor should it be wasting its time on immigration reform.

ROY JESSUP

Branchwood Drive

Goose Creek